Titel: And Slowly Beauty
Autor/en: Michel Nadeau
Übersetzt von Maureen Labonté
20. Januar 2014 - epub eBook - 128 Seiten
Everything changes on what begins as a typical day in the life of the aptly named Mr. Mann, a forty-eight-year-old, buttoned-down, middle management type in a pinstriped grey suit, who feels himself losing touch with his job, his wife, his children, and the rest of his urban life. He wins tickets to a production of Chekhov's Three Sisters and realizes that the mid-life cocoon he has spun around himself is beginning to unwind.
And Slowly Beauty, first performed in French in 2003, was created collaboratively by Michel Nadeau and colleagues from his Quebec troupe, Théâtre Niveau Parking. With the intensity of an electric current striking a reflecting pool, Nadeau shows us how Chekhov's century-old drama about the yearning of three sisters in a dreary provincial town directly addresses Mann's own stifled existence and liberates him from his self-imposed "gulag.”
Mann returns to see Three Sisters a second time, finding that its themes of beauty and poetry lost to the monotony of everyday existence mirror many aspects of his own existence. At the same time, Mann's dying friend realizes that he is for the first time able to appreciate the astonishing beauty of trees outside his window. The irony of such a deathbed admission is not lost on Mr. Mann.
With Chekhov's characters and themes coming to inhabit the protagonist's mind and life, emphasized by the repeated image of geese flying overhead - these birds do not question the purpose of their journey but find it sufficient to fly in unison - And Slowly Beauty speaks eloquently to the power of art to transform lives.
Cast of 3 women and 3 men.
Michel Nadeau is an actor, director, and playwright who has long been active in Quebec arts and culture. Since 1987, he has served as artistic director of Quebec City's Théâtre Niveau Parking, and has been writer-in-residence at Théâtre du Trident, where he directed, among others, Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba. Nadeau has been a professor at Quebec's national theater and music school since 1986, where he teaches improvisation, dramatic movement, mask work, and commedia dell'arte. From 1996 to 2004, he was the institution's director.
Maureen Labonté is a dramaturge, translator, and teacher. She has also coordinated a number of play development programs in theaters and play development centers across Canada, including Quebec's Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) and Playwrights Workshop Montreal. From 2009 to 2012, she served as jury chair for the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Labonté has been the co-director of the Banff Playwrights' Colony since 2008, and has been on faculty since 2003, when she began as resident dramaturge. In 2005, she was named program head.
She was literary manager in charge of play development at the Shaw Festival for three seasons and, previous to that, she worked at the National Theatre School of Canada, first developing and running a pilot directing program and then coordinating the playwriting program and playwrights' residency. She still teaches at NTSC in the Playwriting and Directing programs.
Labonté has translated more than thirty-five Quebec plays into English, among them And Slowly Beauty by Michel Nadeau, while attending the Playwrights Workshop Montreal Translation Residency. Labonté lives in Montreal with her husband, playwright Jean Marc Dalpé.
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